Antonio Watson wins the Class 1 boys 200m final at Champs 2021

Track and field legend Usain Bolt has warned fans not to “condemn and chastise” young Jamaican sprinter Antonio Watson.

Watson gestured in the shape of a gun and pretended to fire a shot at Edwin Allen High’s Bryan Levell as he crossed the finish line, came in for public criticism.

Bolt, who is arguably the greatest athlete of all-time, said people should not “condemn and chastise young Antonio Watson.”

“It important that we mold such talent so he can develop to maximize his full potential,” said Bolt.

Watson, who trailed Levell into the last 15 metres, got by to win the event in 20.74s. Levell finished second in 20.83.

Bolt, who won eight Olympic gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m, is hoping fans will take a different approach to help the Petersfield student.

“Reason with him yes about his action but don’t crucify him. It’s a learning lesson & teachable moment for all. Youths be strong and remember anything is possible don’t think limit,” said Bolt, who holds the 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19) world records.

Watson has apologised for his Saturday’s (15 May) Champs 2021 actions.

He admitted the “gestures could have been misleading” but was quick to make it clear that he has “no desire to negatively influence others.”

Meanwhile, Jamaica College (JC) won their 22nd title and the first in 10 years, while Edwin Allen made it seven straight and eight overall in nine years.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.